St Sophia Cathedral & Monastery
- Sofiyivska ploscha Central Kyiv
- tel, info: 044 278 20 83
- full hry11.00, child hry4.00, bell tower hry3.00; grounds hry1.00
- Fri-Tue 10:00-17:30, Wed 10:00-16:30, grounds 08:30-20:00
Lonely Planet review for St Sophia Cathedral & Monastery
Built from 1017 to 1031 and named after Hagia Sofia Cathedral in Istanbul, the Byzantine plan and decoration of St Sophia's Cathedral announced the new religious and political authority of Kyiv. Prince Yaroslav himself is buried here. The most memorable aspect of a visit here is the cathedral's interior, where there are 11th-century mosaics and frescoes.